Jorginho in action for Verona against Roma. [Reuters]

Arsenal have held informal talks with the agent of Hellas Verona midfielder Jorginho as rumours persist that the north London club will bid for the Italian in January.

The 21 year old has been heavily linked with a move after impressing last season as he made 41 appearances in all competitions as he helped Verona seal promotion to the top flight in Italy.

Jorginho's excellent performances were said to have caught the eye of several European clubs, with Liverpool, Fiorentina and most recently Borussia Dortmund, all being linked with January bids for the talented midfielder.

Liverpool were strongly linked with the Brazilian-born midfielder during the summer and there is a belief that they will renew their interest when the transfer window opens in the New Year.

However, Italian publication Tuttosport has claimed that first contact has been made by Arsenal who reportedly got in touch with the players representatives when the player was in London earlier this month.

Jorginho's contract runs until the summer of 2016 but it is thought that Verona may be forced to sell as they could demand a relatively large amount for their star performer.

The midfielder's performances this season have also made it less likely that he will stay as his three league goals have helped the newly promoted club move to fifth in the league after four wins from their opening seven games.

Arsenal have been urged to continue spending in January by former midfielder Robert Pires and by making contact with Jorginho's agent, it seems manager Arsene Wenger is already thinking about possible new arrivals.

However, there is likely to be plenty of competition with reports suggesting that Liverpool, Fiorentina and Arsenal will be informed that they can sign the midfielder for just £7m.

The fact that the Gunners can offer Champions League football may well be in their favour, although Brendan Rodgers will hope that his side are still in contention for a first league title since 1990 come the turn of the year.